When Built to Spill announced its fall tour in May, fans took notice. That's because rather than a typical jaunt around the country promoting a new album, the three-month trek will find the band performing its 1997 release, "Perfect From Now On," in its entirety throughout the United States and Europe.

It's the latest in an ever-increasing list of tours and performances of the ilk, joining recent and upcoming experiments from Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Slint, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Stooges, Public Enemy, Tortoise and Sparks. And those in the know say it's having a positive impact on the bottom line.

The pioneer in this concert subgenre is All Tomorrow's Parties festival co-founder Barry Hogan, who since 2005 has drafted indie rock acts to perform classic albums in their entirety as part of ATP's "Don't Look Back" series.

"For the people that were into those records, there were a lot of tracks that weren't played live," Hogan says. "To see that, it could be a very special thing. The whole thing is, nowadays, in the age of the iPod, where people are downloading tracks and listening to singles, it makes people listen to albums as an art form. Like [the Stooges'] 'Fun House'—that album should be listened to all the way through."

"Don't Look Back" was such a hit within the ATP framework that it has spun off as part of branded stages at Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. At the latter in July, Public Enemy performed "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back," while influential rock trio Mission of Burma played "Vs." and Sebadoh offered up "Bubble & Scrape" before a near-capacity crowd of 11,500.

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